In times of increasing poverty, there is no reason to promote the poverty of creativity

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As most pubs between Donegal and Cork have a few people on guitar, and there are many poets tapping around, there are many in Ireland who may have legal claims to be part of this scheme.

The qualification requirements will be wide, although the final choice is random. And if it succeeds, the financial rewards for that success will be taxed and reimbursed to the system – so its proponents say it is likely to resolve questions of value.

But Martin’s remarks show something beyond that measure. He’s a loud talking bell about value that can be intangible.

The important thing is that there is no guide and no obstacle to what is being created. If this is a version of Ed Sheeran Code Lock, or the other side of the Genius P. Orange look, then what? If this government is challenging and embarrassing, go ahead. If it’s a great picture, or a wig in a lamp post, let me tell you.

It can only help the community when someone who has a creative voice makes that sound. At a time when general poverty is on the rise, there is no reason to promote creative poverty. Not just because there is a wave of joy that can welcome us in the most urgent and unpredictable time through music or art or a scene in a movie. It can lift us up from the moment we realize there is a better place. But that’s also because when we allow society to be open to ideas, it can be open to ideas that change things for the better. It will challenge Orthodoxy and it is vital.

Giving money to a small number of creators will not solve the disease of society. But you can see the things that are growing. And, naturally, such international aid should not be limited.

There must be a safety net for all, so that the fear of being crushed, all the consumption that brings poverty, the dead weight that makes it fast, can be lifted. Then, we can really think of a brighter future for all. This is not utopian idealism.

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The British Minister for Culture could do worse than visit the Irish Sea to see what is possible. Last week’s Channel 4 sale announcement immediately seemed political.

It was set up as an effort to help NetworkBall resist commercial pressures from platforms such as Netflix. Maybe Nadine Doris believes that. But there is freedom and value in telling less obvious stories that are not always the mainstream and are not related to business outcomes.

In addition, Channel 4 offers opportunities for young talent by opening creative centers across London. It really does rise. May be lost

Let creativity flourish. The consequences for all can be huge.

Paul McNamey is the big issue manager. Read more of his columns here.


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